Bangladesh stunned the cricketing world when they came from behind to defeat India, despite Tendulkar making his 100th century at Dhaka.
Bangladesh, who were considered the underdogs of the match, dug deep and produced a stunning batting display to shock Indian fans, while home fans were singing the praises of the team.
Bangladesh Captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, was ecstatic with the win, and said: “It’s a huge moment for us. We want to dedicate this to Manjural Islam Rana (who died five years back).”
Rahim, won the toss and decided to let India bat first, much to the delight of Indian Captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who said that he would have chosen to bat anyways if he had won the toss.
India, did not make a good start to their innings, losing opener Gautam Gambhir early in the chase, much to the dismay of the crowd, who were expecting more out of him, after his century against Sri Lanka in the previous match of the Asia Cup.
However, all of a sudden, Tendulkar, India’s other opener, and Virat Kohli set about to repair the early loss of Gambhir, scoring efficiently together and dispatching any poor length deliveries to the boundary.
Bangladesh were starting to get extremely frustrated with the partnership the pair were putting together and Captain Rahim, tried everything in his power to remove of the batsmen, who were looking unstoppable.
However, before Rahim knew it, the partnership was worth more than a 100 runs, with Tendulkar looking in excellent touch, while Kohli supported him with some blistering shots and consistent running.
However, just as the partnership was looking to become even more menacing, Kohli was bowled after he got an inside edge off an attempted cut shot, bringing an end to his brilliant innings of 62, and the huge partnership, which was worth 148 runs.
The partnership between Tendulkar and Kohli is now the second-highest second-wicket stand for India in ODIs against Bangladesh.
With Kohli gone, Suresh Raina, who was starting to find his form with the bat, came to the wicket and right away started to build a strong partnership with Tendulkar.
Raina, came out with an all out attack approach, and hammered the Bangladesh bowlers to all parts of the ground, while Tendulkar was playing much more conservatively as he edged ever closer to his 100th century.
It was in the 44th over that Tendulkar cemented his place in cricketing history as the first man to reach 100 international centuries.
With the milestone complete and relieved of all the pressure from the past year, Tendulkar started to chance his arm, going after everything, but it was Suresh Raina, who was was dismissed first, making a spectacular 51 runs off just 38 balls. Raina and Tendulkar put together a partnership worth 86 runs.
But the very next delivery, India were dealt an even bigger blow as Tendulkar, was caught behind, bringing his historic innings to an end on 114.
Some last minute big hitting by Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, took India to a solid total of 289.
Mashrafe Mortaza, was the bowler who dealt the twin blows for India, while Shafiul Islam and Abdur Razzak picked up a wicket each.
Chasing a target of 290, Bangladesh knew they had to get off to a quick start, however, with the early loss of opener Mohammed Nazimuddin, Bangladesh had to steady things, if they were to have any chance of chasing the total.
Opener Tamim Iqbal and Jahurul Islam answered the call and stepped up Bangladesh’s batting another level, taking full advantage of some lackluster Indian bowling.
Soon both had reached their half centuries, with some excellent communication and solid batting.
However, just as their partnership seemed to be getting out of hand, Islam was dismissed on 53, which ended the valuable 113 run partnership he and Iqbal had put together.
Bangladesh were dealt another devastating blow, when Iqbal soon fell victim to the Indian bowling lineup, and was caught out, after playing a sensible innings of 70.
Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain worked together to rebuild the damage India had caused with the double strike and they went about it in quick fashion.
Both batsmen started to attack the bowling and slowly started to edge Bangladesh back into contention.
But, just as the pair were going along so well, Shakib Al Hasan, was removed, falling just one run short of his half century.
However, Al Hasan was given the Man of the Match award for his input with both bat and ball. “It was a great team effort, we batted really sensibly. I’m a very happy man now. The innings was crucial because I gave the rest the belief they could win” he said.
Hossain, meanwhile, was starting to become a thorn in India’s side and he continued executing his shots well and building another partnership with Captain Rahim.
The pair went on the offensive since the run rate they required to win had steadily increased.
Once they brought the team within striking distance of winning the game, they never looked back and continued to thrash the Indian bowlers.
The Indians did get a late wicket, with Hossain being caught out after trying to end the match with a huge six. Hossain had saved Bangladesh with his 54 run innings.
The partnership between Hossain and Rahim was worth 64 runs and had a run rate of 9.14, which is the highest in Bangladesh cricket history for a fifth-wicket partnership worth over 50 runs.
However, it was too little too late, as Bangladesh secured victory with a boundary and left the Indians looking extremely embarrassed.
Praveen Kumar had three wickets for India, with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja each picking up a wicket as well.
During the Bangladesh innings, also for the first time in the team’s history, five men scored more than 40 runs.
In addition Bangladesh’s chase of 290 is the highest on their home soil, and is also the teams second highest run chase overall.
Captain Dhoni, was less than impressed with the performance of his team, stating: “They played better cricket throughout. At the start of the Powerplay our bowlers felt the pressure, a bit more runs on the board would have been better. The youngsters will learn more. Bangladesh can play really well on their day, they used the conditions well, their reverse swing bowling was good. We have been waiting for a long time for Sachin to get this (hundred).”
Captain Rahim on the other hand was amazed at how well the team worked together to pull off the unlikely victory. “Today it was a great, we really appreciate our win. Thanks to the crowd” he said.
With this morale-boosting victory, Bangladesh will be looking to continue their winning streak as they take on Sri Lanka on the 20th of March at Dhaka, while India will be gearing up to face rivals Pakistan on the 18th of March at Dhaka as well.